Want to see live horse racing at Colonial Downs this summer? Free tickets up for grabs this weekend

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NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Horse racing will return to Colonial Downs once again in August, and tickets to see live races are available beginning this weekend. 

Horses haven’t raced on the country’s widest turf at Colonial Downs since 2013.

Racing will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Aug. 8 through Sept. 7, with the Virginia Oaks and Virginia Derby races taking place on Sunday, Aug. 31. 

“We’re almost there,” Vice President of Racing Operations Jill Byrne said. “We’re at the top of the stretch, as we like to say in horse racing.”

Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. A seat won’t break your bank, either. 

“As low as $5 for a covered seat in the grandstand,” Byrne explained. 

General admission, meanwhile, is free. 

“In the sports world, there’s very few places you can go for free and be that close to the athletes,” Byrne added.

Colonial Downs will be offering half a million in purse structure, meaning horses will be running for $500,000 each race.

“That is one of the highest purse structures in the country of horse racing,” Byrne explained. “So when you have high purses, you’re going to get the best horses, the best jockeys, the best horsemen, so people can really expect to see some of the best from around the country.”

A full listing of all available options and prices, as well as advance ticket sales, can be found here.   

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